How to Supersize Life While Downsizing Your Stuff

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Debbie clam digging in Alaska (her current home state) in 2005.

It’s a common pipedream for many aspiring writers: to give up all material possessions and hit the road in search of adventure and quiet, inspirational places to write. For ScanMyPhoto’s customer Debbie LaFleiche this dream is about to become a reality.


“A few years ago, I wrote a book and after I self-published it, I thought ‘This is what I want to do.’ But I was always stuck on the logistics—how can I maintain my current lifestyle and support myself by writing? So, on my 50th birthday, I started a website and blog,, and it’s all about how I am going to completely and utterly change my life.”


Debbie’s plan is to supersize life by selling her home, drastically downsizing material possessions, buying an RV, and hitting the road. This new life will enable her to see the country, cut back on living expenses, and find lots of time and beautiful places to write.


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Debbie’s grandfather Zener LaFleiche, taken in 1918 when he was just 17 years old!

But as Debbie started to downsize she was faced with a challenge when it came to preserving her family’s print photos.


“As I looked around at all my possessions, I wondered ‘how is my life going to fit in 200 square feet?’ That’s when I started getting rid of things, but there were boxes and boxes of photos I inherited from my grandmother. I realized I needed to put everything into digital format if I wanted to preserve these photos. So, that’s when I started researching photo-scanning services and discovered ScanMyPhotos.”


Some of the oldest photos Debbie sent to ScanMyPhotos date back to 1918, including a picture of her grandfather when he joined the Navy at the age of 17. She also scanned pictures of her grandmother’s first house when she bought it in the 1950s and even prints she took as recently as ten years ago. According to Debbie, she scanned in “Almost 100 years of print!”


Now that Debbie’s precious memories are scanned and preserved, she continues to focus on the logistics, finances, and general downsizing aspects of her big goal.


So, where does she plan to go once she hits the road?


“The Grand Canyon—I’ve always wanted to go there. And the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. I’m hoping to get there by November. I really just want to see everything, from the small quaintness of a tiny town to a national forest like Zion. I’m also going to head to lots of book festivals and writing conferences.”

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Debbie’s sister and father having some glacier-side fun


Debbie’s big deadline to ship out is October 1, 2017.


You can follow her adventures and gain lots of excellent downsizing and RVing tips on


Personally, we’re looking forward to seeing all the incredible new photos and memories she’ll capture along the way.